Star Trek And True Blood Actor William Schallert Has Died


Talented actor and former SAG president William Schallert has passed way at the age of 93.

Schallert's most memorable role as an actor came when he played the beloved TV dad Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show from 1963 to 1966. The performance stuck with audiences as Schallert earned a spot on TV Guide's list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.

As for the community, many will recognize Schallert from his appearances on the original Star Trek TV series and more recently recently on True Blood. His Star Trek appearance is quite a valuable memory for fans of the "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode. He played Nilz Baris, an agricultural undersecretary who is infuriated when he discovers that the furry, constantly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.

Schallert's other well-known roles In the Heat of the Night, Santa Barbara, and Innerspace. He was born on July 6, 1922 in Los Angeles, California.

(source: Variety)